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Many people find it comforting to believe that someone else is looking out for them, watching over them, and guiding them gently through the path of life. Indeed, life would be so much simpler if someone else were responsible for our destiny, for countering evil with good, and for ensuring that caring people enjoy a comfortable afterlife.

Many well-intentioned but misguided people will tell you prayer is the answer to the problems of the world. They’d have you believe that if only you pray often enough and hard enough, you can realize your most precious goals. Unfortunately, this is not reality.

The untold suffering throughout the world should be evidence enough that no benevolent creator is watching over us, helping justice and fairness to triumph. People start wars, people abuse children and animals, and there’s no deity to prevent that.

You are responsible for your own happiness, and you alone are responsible for your own successes and failures.

Be an honest person for its own value – not from fear of spending an eternity in hell. Success in life requires hard work and logical thinking, and these are the values you must strive for.


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This article was amended on 18 March 2011 to remove references to Facebook and Twitter, introduced during the editing process, and to add a comment from Centcom, received after publication, that it is not targeting those sites.

The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.

A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop what is described as an "online persona management service" that will allow one US serviceman or woman to control up to 10 separate identities based all over the world.

The project has been likened by web experts to China's attempts to control and restrict free speech on the internet. Critics are likely to complain that it will allow the US military to create a false consensus in online conversations, crowd out unwelcome opinions and smother commentaries or reports that do not correspond with its own objectives.

The discovery that the US military is developing false online personalities – known to users of social media as "sock puppets" – could also encourage other governments, private companies and non-government organisations to do the same.

The Centcom contract stipulates that each fake online persona must have a convincing background, history and supporting details, and that up to 50 US-based controllers should be able to operate false identities from their workstations "without fear of being discovered by sophisticated adversaries".

Centcom spokesman Commander Bill Speaks said: "The technology supports classified blogging activities on foreign-language websites to enable Centcom to counter violent extremist and enemy propaganda outside the US."

He said none of the interventions would be in English, as it would be unlawful to "address US audiences" with such technology, and any English-language use of social media by Centcom was always clearly attributed. The languages in which the interventions are conducted include Arabic, Farsi, Urdu and Pashto.

Centcom said it was not targeting any US-based web sites, in English or any other language, and specifically said it was not targeting Facebook or Twitter.

Gen David Petraeus has previously said US online psychological operations are aimed at 'countering extremist ideology and propaganda'. Photograph: Cliff Owen/AP

Once developed, the software could allow US service personnel, working around the clock in one location, to respond to emerging online conversations with any number of co-ordinated messages, blogposts, chatroom posts and other interventions. Details of the contract suggest this location would be MacDill air force base near Tampa, Florida, home of US Special Operations Command.

Centcom's contract requires for each controller the provision of one "virtual private server" located in the United States and others appearing to be outside the US to give the impression the fake personas are real people located in different parts of the world.

It also calls for "traffic mixing", blending the persona controllers' internet usage with the usage of people outside Centcom in a manner that must offer "excellent cover and powerful deniability".

The multiple persona contract is thought to have been awarded as part of a programme called Operation Earnest Voice (OEV), which was first developed in Iraq as a psychological warfare weapon against the online presence of al-Qaida supporters and others ranged against coalition forces. Since then, OEV is reported to have expanded into a $200m programme and is thought to have been used against jihadists across Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Middle East.

OEV is seen by senior US commanders as a vital counter-terrorism and counter-radicalisation programme. In evidence to the US Senate's armed services committee last year, General David Petraeus, then commander of Centcom, described the operation as an effort to "counter extremist ideology and propaganda and to ensure that credible voices in the region are heard". He said the US military's objective was to be "first with the truth".

This month Petraeus's successor, General James Mattis, told the same committee that OEV "supports all activities associated with degrading the enemy narrative, including web engagement and web-based product distribution capabilities".

Centcom confirmed that the $2.76m contract was awarded to Ntrepid, a newly formed corporation registered in Los Angeles. It would not disclose whether the multiple persona project is already in operation or discuss any related contracts.

Nobody was available for comment at Ntrepid.

In his evidence to the Senate committee, Gen Mattis said: "OEV seeks to disrupt recruitment and training of suicide bombers; deny safe havens for our adversaries; and counter extremist ideology and propaganda." He added that Centcom was working with "our coalition partners" to develop new techniques and tactics the US could use "to counter the adversary in the cyber domain".

According to a report by the inspector general of the US defence department in Iraq, OEV was managed by the multinational forces rather than Centcom.

Asked whether any UK military personnel had been involved in OEV, Britain's Ministry of Defence said it could find "no evidence". The MoD refused to say whether it had been involved in the development of persona management programmes, saying: "We don't comment on cyber capability."

OEV was discussed last year at a gathering of electronic warfare specialists in Washington DC, where a senior Centcom officer told delegates that its purpose was to "communicate critical messages and to counter the propaganda of our adversaries".

Persona management by the US military would face legal challenges if it were turned against citizens of the US, where a number of people engaged in sock puppetry have faced prosecution.

Last year a New York lawyer who impersonated a scholar was sentenced to jail after being convicted of "criminal impersonation" and identity theft.

It is unclear whether a persona management programme would contravene UK law. Legal experts say it could fall foul of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981, which states that "a person is guilty of forgery if he makes a false instrument, with the intention that he or another shall use it to induce somebody to accept it as genuine, and by reason of so accepting it to do or not to do some act to his own or any other person's prejudice". However, this would apply only if a website or social network could be shown to have suffered "prejudice" as a result.

• This article was amended on 18 March 2011 to remove references to Facebook and Twitter, introduced during the editing process, and to add a comment from Centcom, received after publication, that it is not targeting those sites.

Source: - Authors: Nick Fielding and Ian Cobain (17 March 2011)

 2007--- The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.









******** 11,000 people against Facebook Censorship:


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While this article is not focused on the recreational use of cannabis, Terence McKenna's quote speaks directly to a sacred right, increasingly being legislated against in our society, namely, the ability to choose and use substances that grow freely on this Earth as our medicine.

In a day and age where possession of an herb like cannabis is an offense punishable by incarceration, it is important for us to reflect on how we arrived at this dark point in time.

Herbs, after all, were put here by God. If you prefer the word Nature, the point is the same, and it was put best by Bob Marley when he said: "you can't tell God it [cannabis] is illegal."

And yet authorities are telling God, and you and me, that it is illegal, despite a growing body of scientific evidence that it has profound potential as a medicine. Does this not in some way call into question the very legitimacy and authority of those who would lay claim to the right to decide what a human can or can not use a natural substance to improve their health, or enliven their spirit? As long as no harm is being done to others in the act of choosing what is best for oneself, who can rightfully take issue with the freedom to choose one's own "medicine"?

Were it not for the fact that the human body is hard-wired to respond to cannabis through the endocannabinoid system (ES), claims for its medicinal value would have much less weight. The ES, in fact, encompasses a wide range of physiological processes, including appetite, pain sensation, mood and memory. So fundamental are these processes to what motivates and defines human behavior, it is no wonder that a plant with the power to directly affect these functions would be the subject of such profound controversy, as well as brutal, socioeconomic and politically-mediated criminalization.

Indeed, the endocannabinoid system mediates the psychoactive effects of cannabis associated with its "highs" and sometimes "lows." Any plant with the power to alleviate pain or illness and which grows freely in the wild represents a significant threat to a conventional medical establishment whose monopoly is founded on the coining of medicines from patented and proprietary chemicals.

Cannabis, however, is not a Johnny-come-lately to the fierce debate over whether traditional herbal medicines have proven safety and efficacy within the "evidence-based" model of medicine. In fact, few plants can lay claim to as much scientific, and particularly human clinical data supporting its right to exist alongside other prescribed medicines as a viable treatment option. Indeed, the project has uncovered 129 distinct disease categories that may benefit from this remarkable plant thus far, and new studies are being added on a weekly basis.

Given the glut of research establishing the likelihood of a legitimate medicinal role for the plant in human disease prevention and treatment, the tides are beginning to turn against the miseducation of the public about this valuable herb. The fate of the practice of traditional herbalism itself, and our health freedom as a whole, hinges, in many respects, on whether the pharmaceutically-driven medical establishment, and the drug conviction-dependent privatized-prison industrial complex succeeds in maintaining the media-articulated stranglehold on mainstream opinion. We hope the positive cannabis science will arm those advocating for health freedom with the truth, and ask that you distribute it widely to those who are receptive to rational, science-based discourse on this herb's benefits.

Possessing and using any herb, but especially one that has such a high level of safety, should be the choice of that free adult, and not grounds for the termination of their constitutional and human rights associated with arrest and imprisonment, which in this day and age is equivalent to enslavement and torture. 

Sayer Ji is the founder and director of and co-author of the book The Cancer Killers: The Cause Is The Cure with New York Times best-seller Dr. Ben Lerner and Dr. Charles Majors. His writings and research have been published in the Wellbeing Journal, the Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, and have been featured on,,,, and Check out his newest project: Dr. Gourmet.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of GreenMedInfo or its staff.

"If the words "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" don't include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn't worth the hemp it was written on."
- Terence McKenna


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Cine ar fi zis mai demult ca aceasta criza va dura ani si ani de zile, ca, iata, s-au incheiat patru ani de criza si intram cu brio in cel de-al cincilea an?

Va mai aduceti aminte de fostul premier Tariceanu care dadea asigurari ferme ca turbulentele financiare, criza, reprezinta fenomene locale, care nu vor atinge in nici un fel Romania. Si care vor disparea in cateva luni?

O astfel de asigurare ne dadea si Banca Nationala a Romaniei (BNR), chiar prin reprezentantii ei cei mai de seama. Si, totusi, iata-ne: pe 1 octombrie 2012 S-AU IMPLINIT PATRU ANI DE CRIZA!

Da, la inceputul acestei luni criza a implinit aceasta varsta. Reamintim, criza a intrat in Romania la inceputul ultimului trimestru din anul 2008. Adica, la 1 octombrie 2008. Am bifat data de 1 octombrie 2012!

4183-criza - om disperat

Viata romanilor

Si ce s-a intamplat in acest timp? Cum ne gasea criza si cum suntem acum? Econtext va arata in ce situatie eram cand a intrat criza in tara noastra si cum suntem acum.

Concret, am selectat 15 indicatori socio-economici si vom arata care era valoarea lor in octombrie 2008 si care este acum.

Mai exact, va aratam cat era salariul mediu, cat era pensia, cati someri erau, cat costa benzina, aurul, cat era pretul apartamentelor, cursul de schimb, etc., in octombrie 2008 si la ce nivel se afla acum.

Cei 15 indicatori analizati sunt: (1) salariul mediu net, (2) numarul pensionarilor, (3) Produsul Intern Brut (PIB), (4) datoria externa, (5) numarul somerilor, (6) rata somajului, (7) cursul euro/leu, (8) cursul franc/leu, (9) dobanda de politica monetara, (10) valoarea creditelor catre populatie si companii, (11) pretul apartamentelor, (12) chirie medie, (13) pretul aurului, (14) pretul benzinei, (15) pretul petrolului.

Patru ani

Dintre acesti 15 indicatori, unii au inregistrat o evolutie negativa, altii o evolutie aparent buna. Din pacate, domina lucrurile negative.
Cea mai drastica inrautatire a avut loc in cazul aurului, care s-a scumpit de aproape trei ori (168%, mai exact), de la un pret de 74,37 lei/gramul la 1 octombrie 2008, pana la 199,4 lei/gramul la 1 octombrie 2012.

Nici benzina nu sta mai bine: pretul ei a urcat cu 51% in patru ani, de la un pret mediu de 4,06 lei/litru (octombrie 2008), la 6,12 lei/litru (octombrie 2012). De asemenea, a urcat masiv si datoria externa a Romaniei.

In privinta evolutilor pozitive, e de notat cresterea salariilor (desi mai mult pe fondul concedierii angajatiilor cu retributii mici), dar si alti indicatori.
Dar IATA cum au evoluat salariile, PIB-ul, datoria externa, cursul de schimb, pretul locuintelor, dobanzile, pretul benzinei si alti indicatori in cei patru ani de criza:

Sursa: - Autor: Bogdan Asaftei

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To begin with, let us dispense with all preconceived notions we may have. Let us, for a few minutes, disregard Adam Weishaupt and his Bavarian creation. Let us cleanse our minds of any ideas placed there by Dan Brown or other fictional authors. Freemasonry, the Bildeberg Group, Bohemian Grove, The Trilateral Commission, The Council on Foreign Relations, and all other associations we implicate upon the word "illuminati", cast aside for just a few minutes, I beg of you. Just so we can approach these ideas with a clear head and without prejudice... and let's just look at the word for a minute:

illuminati (ih-loo-muh-nah-tee, -ney-tahy)

— pl n , sing -to
a group of persons claiming exceptional enlightenment on some subject, esp religion

[C16: from Latin, literally: the enlightened ones, from illűminâre to illuminate

Source for definition

From the route source - literally "The enlightened ones". Now let us look at the word "enlightened":

enlightened (en-lahyt-n-deh)

— adj
1. factually well-informed, tolerant of alternative opinions, and guided by rational thought: an enlightened administration ; enlightened self-interest
2. privy to or claiming a sense of spiritual or religious revelation of truth: the search for an enlightened spiritual master.

Source for definition

The etymology of "enlightened" is as follows:

enlighten (v.)
late 14c., "to remove the dimness or blindness (usually figurative) from one's eyes or heart;" see en - + lighten. Old English had inlihtan. Related: Enlightened; enlightening.

Source for etymology

So, cobbling this together a bit, I arrive at the following deductive definition of "Illuminati": Those who seek to be factually well informed, tolerant, guided by rational thought - to remove the dimness or blindness from one's eyes or heart".

That doesn't sound malignant or evil at all!?! What gives here? This sounds to me like a good thing! This enlightenment. In point of fact, aren't we all here trying to accomplish just that? To either become enlightened or to try and enlighten others with the bits and pieces of knowledge that we've managed to come across?

In fact every single person I can think of, from the totality of history, that I respect, admire, look up to, idolize, or hold in regard are people who did exactly this... enlighten. From Sun Tzu,and Socrates and his student Plato, through Euclid, Archimedes, Niccolò Machiavelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, and into modern personal heroes such as Thomas Edison, F.D.R., and J.F.K.... And many more... All minds that I see as trying to move humanity forward... to make things better.

How did this all end up so twisted? Wanting to be informed and caring turned into a synonym for pure, unadulterated evil? Well, truth be told, it was probably because knowledge is power. Villify it and you've created a taboo against the very thing that might empower the masses to make a stand. Old school psyops. Reverse psychology.

It's hard for some of the younger folks to conceive of but, even a hundred years, or so, ago, literacy was the exception - and not the rule. People relied upon experts to instruct them, as necessary, and relied heavily upon others ( scribes or scriveners ) when they needed something written. Therefore the average person, anywhere in the world, only really knew what they'd been told - and the ones doing the telling had some very vested interests... such as the the Church or the servants of ones Monarch or landlord. We were told what to think and information was not only controlled... it was monopolized by the few. Knowledge that had been discovered by the ancients in Greece and in Rome was now, by chance and by malice, locked away and only allowed to the few.

A quick study of just one branch of this "tree", if you will, of hidden knowledge - a study of the schism - also called The Reformation shows that, at one point, laypersons were not allowed to even touch the bible, the Mass was, in some places, and at some times, given facing away from the congregation - and in Latin, a tongue mostly foreign to the people of that time... As if just reading the lips of the Priest might accidentally allow for some sort of revelatory learning. All the participants were really allowed to do was recite passages, in a tongue not their own, on cue. Information was totally controlled.

Books were uncommon, and were largely written in Latin until a guy named Johannes Gutenberg perfected a method of mass producing information quickly and economically by use of printing - thus opening the flood gates for the average person not only to have access to information, but also to have a strong motive to learn the, heretofore rare art of literacy ...


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Cuvântul Zeitgeist descrie climatul intelectual, cultural, etic si politic al unei ere sau a unei tendinte. În germana, cuvântul are mai multe straturi de semnificatii decât în traducerea engleza, inclusiv faptul ca Zeitgeist se poate referi doar la evenimente din trecut.

„Zeitgeist: Adaos” (Zeitgeist: Addendum) este un film documentar din 2008 produs si regizat de catre Peter Joseph, o continuare a  productiei din 2007, „Zeitgeist: Filmul”.

„Zeitgeist: Addendum” are si el o continuare realizata în 2011, si numita „Zeitgeist: Mergând mai departe”.

Zeitgeist Addendum încearca sa localizeze cauzele fundamentale ale acestei coruptii sociale în care traim, în timp ce ofera o solutie. Aceasta solutie nu este bazata pe moralitate, politica, legi sau orice alte notiuni de „unitate” ale treburilor omenesti, ci mai degraba pe o întelegere moderna, care nu este superstitioasa, a ceea ce suntem noi si cum ne aliniem cu natura, din care facem  parte.

Aceasta solutie pledeaza pentru un nou sistem social care este actualizat pâna la notiunile din zilele noastre, puternic influentat de catre munca de o viata a lui Jacques Fresco si „Proiectul Venus”.

Jacques Fresco, un designer futurist, inventator, a pus bazele comunitatii Venus, din Florida, care nu este o localitate la fel ca cele pe care le cunoastem cu totii, ci o comunitate atipica: un oras circular, de care se aminteste în documentarul de mai jos.


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This is a scalable context timeline. It contains events related to the event 1991-1997: Oil Investment in Central Asia Follows Soviet Collapse. You can narrow or broaden the context of this timeline by adjusting the zoom level. The lower the scale, the more relevant the items on average will be, while the higher the scale, the less relevant the items, on average, will be.

1991-1997: Oil Investment in Central Asia Follows Soviet Collapse 

The Soviet Union collapses in 1991, creating several new nations in Central Asia. Major US oil companies, including ExxonMobil, Texaco, Unocal, BP Amoco, Shell, and Enron, directly invest billions in these Central Asian nations, bribing heads of state to secure equity rights in the huge oil reserves in these regions. The oil companies commit to $35 billion in future direct investments in Kazakhstan. It is believed at the time that these oil fields will have an estimated $6 trillion potential value. US companies own approximately 75 percent of the rights. These companies, however, face the problem of having to pay exorbitant prices to Russia for use of the Russian pipelines to get the oil out. [NEW YORKER, 7/9/2001; ASIA TIMES, 1/26/2002]

December 11, 1994: Russia Invades Breakaway Region of Chechnya, Starting First Chechen War 

A Chechen rebel looks at the government palace in Grozny, Chechnya, in January 1995. [Source: Mikhail Evstafiev]

In 1991, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, Dzhokhar Dudayev won an election in Chechnya, which is a region within Russia and not a republic like Ukraine or Kazakhstan. Nonetheless, Dudayev proclaimed Chechnya independent of Russia. The next year, Chechyna adopted a constitution defining it as an independent, secular state. But Russia did not recognize Chechnya’s independence. In November 1994, Russia attempted to stage a coup in Chechnya, but this effort failed. The next month, on December 11, Russian troops invade Chechnya. This starts the first Chechen war. Up to 100,000 people are killed in the 20-month war that follows. The war will end in August 1996 (see August 1996). [BBC, 3/16/2000; BBC, 3/12/2008]

August 1997: CIA Monitors Central Asia for Oil Reserves 

The CIA creates a secret task force to monitor Central Asia’s politics and gauge its wealth. Covert CIA officers, some well-trained petroleum engineers, travel through southern Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan to sniff out potential oil reserves. [TIME, 5/4/1998]

Fall 2002-January 2003: US State Departments and Former Oil Executives Plan Iraq’s Post-Invasion Oil Industry 

The Bush administration picks Philip Carroll, a former CEO of Royal Dutch/Shell’s US division, to advise post-Saddam Iraq’s oil ministry. [HARPER'S, 4/2005, PP. 74-76] He is formally appointed in January 2003 along with Gary Vogler of ExxonMobil, three employees of the US Department of Energy, and an employee of the Australian government. In the months before the invasion, they are sent to Kuwait where they “begin planning for the restructuring of the ministry of oil to improve its efficiency and effectiveness [and] begin thinking through Iraq’s strategy options for significantly increasing its production capacity,” Carroll later explains. [MUTTITT, 2005]

May 28, 2006: Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline Opens 

The first oil pumped from Baku, by the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan, arrives in Ceyhan, on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, and is loaded onto a ship. The 1,770 km pipeline, which passes through the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, bypasses Russia and Iran for geopolitical reasons. The main shareholder is British Petroleum, and other significant shareholders include the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR), Statoil of Norway, and the US company Unocal, which has an 8.9% interest and became interested in the project no later than 1998. Unocal begins losing interest in a pipeline across Afghanistan around the same time (see December 5, 1998). Substantial amounts to finance the $3-4 billion Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline were arranged by the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The consortium members put up the remaining 30%. [US CONGRESS, 2/12/1998; ALEXANDER'S GAS AND OIL CONNECTIONS, 7/12/2002; GUARDIAN, 12/1/2003; GUARDIAN, 5/26/2005; EURASIA DAILY MONITOR, 5/31/2005; TURKISH WEEKLY, 5/29/2006] Journalist Pepe Escobar comments: “In terms of no-holds-barred power politics and oil geopolitics, BTC is the real deal—a key component in the US’s overall strategy of wrestling the Caucasus and Central Asia away from Russia—and bypassing Iranian oil and gas routes… BTC makes little sense in economic terms. Oil experts know that the most cost-effective routes from the Caspian would be south through Iran or north through Russia. But BTC is a designer masterpiece of power politics—from the point of view of Washington and its corporate allies. US Vice President Dick Cheney, already in his previous incarnation as Halliburton chief, has always been a huge cheerleader for the ‘strategically significant’ BTC.” Escobar also mentions that the amount of Caspian oil was overestimated (see November 1, 2002), “the Caspian may hold only 32 billion barrels of oil—not much more than the reserves of Qatar, a small Gulf producer.” [ASIA TIMES, 5/26/2005] However, the Caspian area is still believed to hold considerable amounts of natural gas. The construction of this pipeline does not halt plans for the construction of a natural gas pipeline from Turkmenistan across Afghanistan to the Indian Ocean (see January 18, 2005).


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Ecco perché è bene prepararli qualche giorno prima anticipando un po' le attività della giornata: dal risveglio alla cena. A suggerirlo è il dottor Oliviero Bruni, direttore dell'unità di neuropsichiatria infantile dell'Ospedale Sant'Andrea di Roma.

L'esperto spiega che i problemi legati al cambio dell'ora interessano principalmente i bambini in età scolare, le cui giornate hanno ritmi ben definiti, mentre non riguardano l'equilibrio dei neonati, “che hanno delle loro abitudini molto diverse”.

'”Ogni bambino – spiega Bruni - ha delle caratteristiche individuali che lo rendono diverso dagli altri anche nel sonno, ma una regola da insegnarli è quella dell'autonomia al momento di addormentarsi”.

“Č importante che il riposo del bambino non sia legato alla presenza della mamma e del papà o che il piccolo non dorma solo se ha il ciuccio: è importante insomma che sia in grado di autogestirsi, perché questo giova anche al sonno dei genitori”.

“Un'altra cosa fondamentale – aggiunge Bruni - è provare ad assecondare il più possibile i suoi ritmi di veglia e sonno, provando magari a modificarli a poco a poco”. “Una tecnica che può funzionare è quella della presenza del genitore nella stanza che però non interagisce col bambino, in ogni caso meglio non lasciare il piccolo piangere a lungo”.

Anche l'alimentazione può aiutare ad affrontare meglio il passaggio dall'ora legale a quella solare, e viceversa. Lo spiega la Coldiretti che ha stilato un vademecum degli alimenti utili per conciliare un buon sonno e di quelli da evitare per battere il jet lag da cuscino come cioccolato, cacao, the e caffè per la presenza della caffeina, oltre ai superalcolici che inducono un sonno di qualità cattiva con risveglio al mattino.

Innanzitutto - avverte la Coldiretti - a cena è fondamentale evitare cibi con sodio in eccesso per cui vanno banditi alimenti con curry, pepe, paprika e sale in abbondanza, ma anche salatini e piatti nei quali sia stato utilizzato dado da cucina. Anche gli alimenti in scatola per l'eccesso di sodio e di conservanti sono da tenere lontani.

Esistono invece cibi che aiutano a rilassarsi: innanzitutto pasta, riso, orzo, pane e tutti quelli che contengono un aminoacido, il triptofano, che favorisce la sintesi della serotonina, il neuromediatore del benessere e il neurotrasmettitore cerebrale che stimola il rilassamento. Ok nella dieta serale anche a legumi, uova bollite, carne, pesce, formaggi freschi. La serotonina aumenta con il consumo di alimenti con zuccheri semplici come la frutta dolce di stagione. Tra le verdure - ricorda ancora la Coldiretti - al primo posto la lattuga, seguita da radicchio rosso e aglio, perché le loro spiccate proprietà sedative conciliano il sonno, ma anche zucca, rape e cavoli.

Un bicchiere di latte caldo, giusto prima di andare a letto, che oltre a diminuire l'acidità gastrica che può interrompere il sonno, fa entrare in circolo durante la digestione elementi che favoriscono una buona dormita per via di sostanze, presenti anche in formaggi freschi e yogurt, che sono in grado di attenuare insonnia e nervosismo. Infine - conclude la Coldiretti - un buon dolcetto ricco di carboidrati semplici ha un'azione antistress, così come infusi e tisane dolcificati con miele che creano un'atmosfera di relax e di piacere che distende la mente.


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Toti am avut zile în care pur si simplu nu reuseam sa ne concentram. Si, din moment ce nu exista nicio pilula magica care sa te readuca la nivelul înalt al puterilor cognitive, exista câteva alimente care îmbunatatesc functiile cerebrale, protejeaza împotriva declinului cognitiv asociat cu vârsta si încurajeaza concentrarea si claritatea, relateaza

În timp ce anumiti nutrienti pot asista în mod specific functiile creierului, trebuie sa iei în considerare totalitatea obiceiurilor tale alimentare.

Un studiu britanic recent a descoperit ca o alimentatie bogata în grasimi saturate poate provoca daune neuronilor care controleaza energia si apetitul la soareci. Iar alte studii importante au aratat ca momentul mesei este un predictor important al performantei. De exemplu, cercetarea arata ca micul-dejun poate îmbunatati memoria si abilitatile de achizitie ale copiilor.

Iata care sunt cele mai benefice alimente pentru creier, în urma analizelor stiintifice realizate de marii cercetatori ai lumii:

Nucile sunt pline de nutrienti sanatosi pentru inima si antiinflamatori, si sunt singura sursa buna de acid alfa linolenic. Acest lucru înseamna ca nucile ajuta la promovarea fluxului sanguin, care în schimb permite un transport eficient al oxigenului pâna la creier. Iar cercetarea prezentata în 2012, a descoperit ca soarecii cu boala Alzheimer care erau constant hraniti cu nuci au înregistrat o memorie îmbunatatita, abilitati de coordonare si de învatare mult mai eficiente.

Ulei de masline
Uleiul de masline este o sursa minunata de grasimi mononesaturate, care încetinesc îmbatrânirea creierului – fapt deja dovedit prin studii si cercetari ale oamenilor de stiinta.

Fructe de padure
Studiile pe animale au indicat de mult timp o legatura între consumul de fructe de padure si sanatatea cerebrala. Însa, un studiu recent a descoperit ca o alimentatie bogata în afine sau capsuni a fost asociata cu un declin mental mai lent în anumite zone cerebrale,  precum memoria si concentrarea, în special la femeile de vârsta mijlocie.

Pestele gras, precum sardinele (si somonul!), este un stimulent cerebral bine-cunoscut, multumita acizilor grasi omega-3, EPA si DHA, care au fost asociati cu un risc mai mic de dezvoltare a dementei si o îmbunatatire a concentrarii si memoriei.

Cafeina, stimulentul usor ce poate fi gasit în cafea, îmbunatateste acuitatea mentala, desi consumatorii înraiti, adica cei care beau pâna la 120.000 de tone în fiecare an, cel mai probabil nu se mai bucura de acest beneficiu din cauza excesului. Pe lânga efectele de stimulare cerebrala ale cafeinei, antioxidantii din cafea ajuta la mentinerea unei sanatati cerebrale. Iar unele cercetari sugereaza ca un consum moderat de cafea poate tine la distanta depresia, în cazul femeilor.

Spanacul este bogat în antioxidantul de luteina, despre care se spune ca ajuta la protectia împotriva declinului cognitiv. Un studiu realizat de Scoala Medicala Harvard a descoperit ca femeile care au raportat cel mai mare consum de legume verzi si crucifere aveau o incidenta a declinului mental în mod semnificativ mai redusa, în comparatie cu cele care mâncau mai putine.

Ciocolata neagra
Ciocolata neagra bogata în antioxidanti este foarte sanatoasa pentru întregul organism, dar continutul sau de cafeina joaca un rol important în mentinerea acuitatii mentale. Ciocolata este bogata si în flavonoizi, o clasa de antioxidanti care ajuta la îmbunatatirea fluxului sanguin prin reglarea colesterolului si reducerea presiunii arteriale.

Fructele de avocado sunt pline de grasimi monosaturate care îmbunatatesc sanatatea vasculara si fluxul sanguin, ceea ce le transforma într-un aliment pentru creier.

Atunci când o persoana devine deshidratata, creierul sau se micsoreaza. Mai multe studii au aratat ca deshidratarea poate afecta functiile cognitive. Deshidratarea poate afecta memoria pe termen scurt, concentrarea si capacitatea de a lua decizii.

Germeni de grâu
Germenii de grâu sunt o sursa vegetariana bogata în colina, un nutrient care este implicat în productia organismului de acetilcolina, un neurotransmitator care stimuleaza memoria. Ouale sunt o alta sursa minunata de colina.

Sfecla este o sursa buna de nitrati ce se produc natural, care ajuta la îmbunatatirea fluxului sanguin spre creier.

Potrivit unei cercetari publicate în revista Societatii Americane de Cancer, usturoiul poate ajuta la prevenirea unor forme de cancer cerebral. Investigatorii au descoperit influenta compusilor organo-sulfurici din usturoi, care reusesc sa elimine celulele glioblastoma (un tip de celule specifice tumorilor maligne).


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Pur non avendo mai fatto uso di droghe ed essendomi allontanato dai superalcolici da almeno una decina di anni, sempre più spesso mi accade di leggere i giornali o accendere la TV (ritornata mio malgrado ad occhieggiare nella sala) e trovarmi disorientato nel carpire le coordinate di quanto sta accadendo intorno a me. Le notizie inverosimili, i cortocircuiti logici, il non sense diventato regola, la mancanza di qualche briciola di buon senso e le sterili caricature di mestieranti impegnati ad urlarsi addosso disquisendo del nulla, si affastellamo gli uni sugli altri in una sorta di allucinazione, in tutto simile a quella dell’incubo in cui urli ed urli perchè vuoi svegliarti, ma non ti svegli mai.

Il premio Nobel per la pace é stato conferito all’Unione Europea, probabilmente la macchina da guerra che più di ogni altra (in collaborazione con il padrone americano) durante gli ultimi decenni ha dispensato morte e distruzioni in ogni parte del mondo e oggi sta rubando ogni prospettiva di futuro ai suoi stessi figli illegittimi che ha iniziato a nutrire con il cibo scaduto.

In un paese come l’Italia, da 70 anni colonia USA, deprivato di qualsiasi briciola di sovranità, re Giorgio Napolitano ha affermato di ritenere necessario che l’Italia ceda quote di sovranità alla UE, per tornare a crescere e vincere la crisi.

Il governo golpista di Mario Monti, dopo avere a lungo negato qualsiasi ipotesi di manovra finanziaria, ha aumentato l’IVA durante la notte, agendo con il favore delle tenebre, come fanno i ladri.

Un Berlusconi sempre più macchietta di sè stesso, ormai privo perfino del senso dell’umorismo é riuscito nel corso della stessa settimana a scendere in campo contro Monti, contro l’euro, contro la UE e contro tutte le leggi da lui stesso votate nel corso dell’ultimo anno, per poi tornare in un battito di ciglia là da dove era venuto, annunciando il sostegno ad un proseguimento del governo Monti anche nella prossima legislatura.

Le primarie farsa di un partito farsa come il PD, tengono banco sulle prime pagine dei giornali, quasi si trattasse di un evento serio dal quale potesse dipendere il futuro della nazione. I battibecchi da asilo con protagonisti camerieri prezzolati pessimi anche nella recitazione vengono caricati di un’importanza quale  mai potrebbero aspirare ad avere, mentre l’immagine di Renzi, Bersani, Vendola che si litigano paletta e secchiello é di quelle che dimostrano inequivocabilmente in quali miserie umane si sia ormai calata la politica italiana.

Nel frattempo i “premi nobel per la pace” continuano a far soffiare venti di guerra verso la Siria e l'Iran, il territorio italiano cade a pezzi ogni volta che piove, ma il denaro del contribuente viene destinato alla costruzione del TAV (790 milioni stanziati solamente qualche giorno fa per quello in Val di Susa) anzichè alla riduzione del dissesto idrogeologico, la polizia dopo avere picchiato a sangue i ragazzini del liceo inizia a fare esperimenti anche con i bimbi di 10 anni, “l’americano” Marchionne propone che Monti diventi premier a vita.

Qualcuno per favore mi dia un pizzicotto che a furia di gridare sta iniziando a bruciarmi la gola e se non mi sveglio al più presto potrei iniziare a convincermi che si tratti della realtà.

Autore: Marco Cedolin - Fonte: - via: - Nel tempo dell'inganno universale, dire la verità è un atto rivoluzionario!

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